There is often a fine line between a funny joke and an offensive insult. Lately, Daily Show’s new host, Trevor Noah, who will be replacing John Stewart in the highly rated talk show on Comedy Central, has been under the spotlight for his tweets about Israel, Jews and women.
Some examples include:
South Africans know how to recycle like israel knows how to be peaceful.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) June 2, 2010
Messi gets the ball and the real players try foul him, but Messi doesn't go down easy, just like jewish chicks. #ElClasico
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) January 25, 2012
"Oh yeah the weekend. People are gonna get drunk & think that I'm sexy!" – fat chicks everywhere.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) October 14, 2011
His obviously very tasteful jokes on twitter have not been received well by the internet, and a growing number of people have been questioning Comedy Central’s selection for John Stewart’s replacement, some even swearing off the Daily Show.
However, Comedy Central has since only stood by their decision as they insist on Noah’s talent and suitability ─ noting also that web critics have been unfair to his character and his comedic talent.
In his defence, Noah has tweeted:
To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 31, 2015
Has the line between comedic evolution and crudeness simply gotten thinner? Or were Noah’s tweets just blatant forms of disrespect?